Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary: Her Private Letters from Inside the Studios of the 1920s

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University of California Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 231 pages
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"Valeria Belletti's letters to her good friend Irma are sure to be devoured by all who want an inside look at Hollywood in the twenties. These letters make for some of the most fascinating reading about the goings on at the studios in one of their greatest eras. Cari Beauchamp's editing provides a superb read, and is not to be missed by all who love and laugh at the world of movie-making."--Mary Lea Bandy, Chief Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

"Plucky Italian Jersey girl moves to the Coast, survives Sam Goldwyn. Adventures of a Hollywood Secretary is an intelligent, clear-eyed view into '20s Hollywood and the psyche of the women who worked within it."--John Sayles

"At last, a delightful insider's account of stars and studios in 1920s Hollywood told by the one person who really knows and never tells-the secretary! Elegantly edited and annotated by Cari Beauchamp."--Mollie Gregory, author of Women Who Run the Show

"I greatly enjoyed reading Valeria's letters--she fell in love with Hollywood and the romance of movie making much as I did when I got my first job as a reader at RKO in the thirties. She gives us a rare glimpse of a memorable era."--Fay Kanin, Award winning screenwriter and four-term president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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This collection of annotated letters really brings you back into the time. It was a joy to read especially for this film degree graduate. A must read for people who are interested in early Hollywood culture. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Valeria Belletti was born in New Jersey on October 11, 1898, the only child of Italian immigrants. Before working for Samuel Goldwyn and Cecil B. DeMille in the mid-1920s, she was secretary to founder of the Theater Guild, Lawrence Langner, in Manhattan. Cari Beauchamp is the author of Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Powerful Women of Early Hollywood (UC Press, 1998), editor of Anita Loos Rediscovered: Film Treatments and Fiction by Anita Loos, Creator of ?Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” (UC Press, 2003), and coauthor of Hollywood on the Riviera (1992). She is an Emmy nominated documentary film writer and lives in Los Angeles.

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